WA To Allow Gatherings Of Up To 20 People As State Moves To 'Phase Two'
Up to 20 people will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor gatherings from May 18, under 'phase two' of WA's road map out of coronavirus restrictions.
Twenty patrons will also be able to dine-in at cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, community clubs, hotels and the casino, Premier Mark McGowan said on Sunday.
Weddings and funerals, libraries, community centres and places of worship can be attended by 20 people, while up to 30 people can attend outdoor funerals and weddings.
The number of people who can participate in non-contact community sports will also increase to 20 people.
McGowan said regional travel restrictions will be eased from May 18, reducing borders within the state from 13 to just four.
The new regional borders will allow people to travel between the Great Southern Wheatbelt, Perth and Peel regions.
People will also be permitted to travel between the Mid West, Gascoyne, Pilbara, Goldfields, and Esperance areas.
However, the restrictions on the remote communities across the Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields will remain in place.
McGowan said the state's "hard border with the rest of Australia will remain in place and will likely be the final restriction that we lift".
"Our hard borders and our isolation have worked to our advantage, and we must keep it that way," he said.
"It's because of this we can be more economically progressive and more advanced than the other states."
WA has lifted restrictions much faster than other Australian states, encouraging its residents to return to work within the next few weeks.
"Western Australia now needs to get moving and get our economy going again," McGowan said.
"And we can do this in a safe and cautious manner without risking the health of our citizens."
The Premier said he's expecting to announce 'phase three' of the state's easing of restrictions in four weeks.
"Depending on the latest health advice, people can expect phase three to include things like a further increase in the number of people allowed at non-work gatherings," McGowan said.
He also said he's expecting measures to be relaxed for cafes and restaurants and for restrictions on gyms, travel and community sport to be eased.
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McGowan said it's likely 'phase three' will allow contact community sport to be played and that beauty therapy and personal care services will be reopened.
He added that playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, skate parks and cinemas will likely be reopened in four weeks.
It comes as WA reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state's total to 552.
There are only seven active cases of coronavirus in Western Australia.